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David Letterman Resuming Talk Show on Netflix
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9 Aug 2017 04:53 PM EST

-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: David Letterman (Image Source: Sarah E. Freeman/Grady College via Wikimedia Commons)

David Letterman is coming back!

Don't worry about Stephen Colbert's job – it's safe. Letterman intends to bring his interview style back to TV, this time on Netflix with an all-new format.

It seemed at a certain point that this was just in Letterman's blood. Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, he may have started out as a weatherman, but it wasn't long before he headed for California with a comedy routine.

He became a comedy writer and appeared on several series as well, and after catching on with The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, he became a regular guest host.

This led to his own NBC morning show with dismal ratings, but his nighttime version of the format, Late Night with David Letterman on NBC, fared much better with his regular bits like "Stupid Pet Tricks."

However, once Carson retired, he was passed up for the job he thought he'd been working towards in favor of Jay Leno. He moved his format to CBS to take on The Tonight Show directly with Late Show with David Letterman and stayed at CBS until he retired in 2015.

In his two years away from talk shows he's grown a humongous beard and also decided he wanted to get back into the game. The 70-year-old Letterman is coming back, this time on Netflix.

The streaming service announced on Tuesday that it will be a six-episode series and each hour-long episode will feature a long interview with just one guest and man-on-the-street type of segments. He'll premiere on Netflix in 2018.

Letterman admitted to feeling "excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix." He then cracked, "If you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first."

There's no word on whether this means he'll finally get rid of that beard.

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